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Basics of Bioethics

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, June 3, 2024
End Date
Friday, June 7, 2024
Class Time(s)
Please note all sessions will be held in Berman Institute's Deering Hall at 1809 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore MD
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 9:00am - 12:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Bioethics issues confront health care, public health, and science on a daily basis. This course offers an introduction to the foundational approaches to bioethics and discusses their application from both a historical and contemporary perspective. It will provide useful background for health care professionals, policy makers, researchers, students, and anyone interested in these critical issues.
Offers an introduction to fundamental issues and approaches in bioethics, provides an overview of the history of the field, and highlights the events that led to the birth and growth of bioethics. Introduces theoretical approaches to bioethics, public health policy, research ethics, ethics of genetics and science, and clinical ethics. Provides students with opportunities to gain from the experience of some of the most respected scholars in the field of bioethics.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the history of bioethics and how it evolved as a field
  2. Identify ethical issues in clinical practice, public health (both national and global), science, policy, and research
  3. Apply ethical theories, principles, and concepts as approaches to addressing ethical issues
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% 2 Short reflections write-ups
  • 20% Participation
  • 10% Outline for final paper
  • 30% Final Paper
Special Comments

This is a hybrid course with both a synchronous online
section (700.600.49) and an in-person section (700.600.11). Please choose the modality you need (either online or in-person) when registering in SIS. NOTE - final paper due two weeks from end of class completion.